New - From now on …..  the Royal Military Museum  integrates the War Heritage Institute                                        

The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, the Belgian National Institute for Veterans and Victims of War, the National Memorial Fort Breendonk and the Historic Pool of Defence unite forces…

The result: a brand-new military heritage and remembrance organization is launched… : War Heritage Institute

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The permanent exhibition about the First World War puts Belgium in the limelight

The Royal Military Museum possesses one of the world’s largest collections about the First World War. Some ten showcases will tell the part played by the Belgian army in the conflict. The collection German imperial army pickelhaube (one of the two most important public collections in the world) will again be put on display.

The new presentation requires some work doing to it, but the gallery will remain largely accessible to the public. At some points, however, closure will be unavoidable. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and thank you for your understanding. ...

1942-2017: the Museum commemorates the 75th anniversary of the raid on Dieppe

For the 75th anniversary of the raid the Royal Military Museum, the city of Dieppe and the societies Dieppe Raid Comité , Je me souviens and Jubilee have united both their know-how and their collections in order to set up an exhibition about the part played by the Belgians on August 19, 1942. The exhibition will be held in the Big Hall from June 24 till December 31, 2017.

In order to enable our teams to build the presentation the exhibition's zone is temporarily closed to the public. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and thank you for...

The permanent exhibition about the Second World War expands!

In view of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War (2019-2020) the museum gives its permanent exhibition a new lease of life. The existing set-up will be thoroughly refurbished and a brand-new wing about the occupation of Belgium and the liberation of the European continent will be added.

In this framework the current infrastructure is being revised, which renders access to the exhibition about the Second World War impossible. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.        

Unique objects belonging to the de Gerlache and Lecointe families in the Antarctica exhibition

The permanent exhibition about Antarctica opened its doors in March 2016. It  showcases the support Defense has always given to expeditions on the white continent. The first part of the exhibition tells the story of the Belgica expedition (1897-1899). This incredible adventure led by Adrien de Gerlache and his second in command Georges Lecointe not only was the first international scientific expedition, but also the first to hibernate on the Pole, caught in ice.

The second part illustrates the building and management of the King Baudouin Base. The Princess Elisabeth Station is the...

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The Russian Gallery is enhanced

On Monday February 13, 2017 the gallery containing the treasures of the Russian empire at the Royal Military Museum was considerably enhanced. Equestrian trophies or medals from two officers with the Atamanski regiment of the Cossacks of the imperial Guard were inserted, thus adding a hitherto unrepresented regiment to our collections.

The gallery was also equipped with flatscreens and new trilingual captions. Be sure to come and (re)discover these treasures at the Royal Military Museum. 

Madyol on display

An unprecedented retrospective set up by the Royal Military Museum at the Mémorial 1815

Since June 1815 the Waterloo battlefield has attracted countless artists. Farms, fields, hamlets and soldiers have been drawn and painted over and over again and have told the bloody story for the last two hundred years.

At the request of Count Cavens (who wished to maintain the 1815 battlefield in its original state) artist Jacques Madyol (1871-1950) realized a series of paintings illustrating the different venues and protagonists involved in the famous battle.



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The arcades will only be open weather permitting. We thank you for your understanding !

Four fun-filled trails, designed for both young and old, enable you to discover the Museum in an original way during exciting treasure-hunts.

In each trail you need to solve some ten simple riddles across the Museum. These will provide the coordinates of the final « cache » (the treasure). Don’t worry, you don’t need a GPS, high-tech systems, maps, compasses or sextants: the coordinates are virtual ones!

At the end of each trail, go back to the Museum welcome desk, where your coordinates will be validated and where you will receive access to the « treasure », a reward for...